A union member who was cited earlier this week as the victim of an incident involving him and another non-union Prysmian Group employee is suing the Prysmian Group factory in Scottsville over the incident.
The plaintiff, who has been identified by a union representative as Arlyn Mullins, is suing the company for damages in excess of $ 250,000 but not more than $ 1,000,000 after the incident on Tuesday morning.
Harrison County Sheriff’s Office Police Information Officer Jay Webb said that around 7 a.m. Tuesday, Mullins attempted to get in front of a vehicle entering the plant with a worker who did not is not on strike.
Mullins allegedly blocked the path of the vehicle entering the factory and threw a sign at the vehicle. Mullins also said the vehicle struck him as he entered the driveway.
A passenger of the vehicle exited the vehicle after a verbal altercation. The passenger would then have struck Mullins, then boarded the vehicle and entered the factory.
Webb went on to say that this was when MPs were called to the scene and the passenger in the vehicle accused of hitting Mullins was given a citation for a Class C assault and given instructions. to contact the justice of the peace for more information. .
“In cases of this type of Class C assault, it’s not uncommon to issue a citation,” Webb said.
Rebecca Mesnil, Head of Marketing and Communications at Prysmian Group, said: “We are aware of an incident involving an employee of the Prysmian Group. We do not tolerate violent behavior and are currently investigating the situation ”,
She continued, “Regarding the current strike, we hope we can come to a resolution.”
Union representative Earl Roberts said the sheriff’s report is not entirely accurate, stating that when the vehicle entered the driveway it did so at high speed, hitting Mullins before it he cannot deviate.
Roberts said that because he was struck by the vehicle Mullins lost his balance and fell against the car, which is when his panel inadvertently struck the vehicle.
The passenger in the car then had a verbal argument with Mullins, then got out of the vehicle and struck him, before getting back into the car and entering the factory.
“We’ve had this problem for a long time, people walking down the aisle at a very high speed; they knew it too, ”said Roberts.
An original draft petition from Mullins against Prysmian Group has been sent to News Messenger by Ashley Ramirez, and states that Mullins is suing the company for negligence, gross negligence, charitable and derivative liability and damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of earning capacity and more.
The lawsuit, along with Roberts’, point out that the union strike was peaceful for the entire three weeks it lasted, and that the union or union workers never acted violently.
The lawsuit indicates that the negligence is due to the failure to provide adequate safety, among other things, with gross negligence due to the fact that the company had “a real and subjective awareness of the risks but proceeded with a conscious indifference to rights, the safety and well-being of others. in the neighbourhood.”
The lawsuit continued that Mullins “will show that the defendants (Prysmian Group) knew they had to provide sufficient security and were aware of such a need based on the number of previous cases of provocation at the Scottsville manufacturing plant. as well as other places around Texas. “
The lawsuit also claims charitable and derivative liability due to the company’s liability for the actions of its employees, while they were working on the property of the company where the incident took place.
The lawsuit follows that the only incident occurred during a three-week strike organized by Prysmian Group employees in the local UAW union when contract negotiations failed to reach a settlement. compromise.
On Monday of this week, a tour bus filled with supporters of union members from other cities across the state, including Fort Worth and Dallas, came to Scottsville to participate in the strike with local union members.
Roberts said all Union members have come out to show their support for the group’s 24/7 peaceful protest over the past three weeks.